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ApsaraDB for RDS vs. Self-built Databases

Should you use Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB for RDS or build your own database? Here is a performance comparison between using ApsaraDB for RDS and building your own databse.

Note: Prices displayed in this article are accurate at the time of writing.

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Should you use Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB for RDS or build your own database? Check out these two tables to learn more!

Performance Comparison

Feature ApsaraDB for RDS Independently Built Database Services from Purchased Servers
Service Availability 99.95% Requires you to implement and maintain your own data protection, master-slave replication, and RAID
Data Reliability 99.9999% Requires you to implement and maintain your own data protection, master-slave replication, and RAID
System Security •Anti-DDoS
•Traffic cleaning
•Timely repair of all kinds of database security vulnerabilities
•Dependent on system design and additional third-party security products
•Potentially more expensive
•Self-repair of all database security vulnerabilities
Database Backup Automatic backup Independent backups are possible, but the user has to find storage space and regularly validate the backup
Software and Hardware Investment Pay-as-you-go, no software and hardware investment Database servers are rather costly and the user must purchase their own SQL Server license
System Hosting No hosting fee More than USD 742.49/year for each 2U server (more than USD 1,484.98/year for two servers (master and slave servers))
Maintenance O&M is not needed Need to be maintained by DBA, greatly increasing OpEx
Deployment Resizing Instant activation, fast deployment, elastic resizing, activated as necessary Hardware procurement, data center hosting, and machine deployment are all required and can be time consuming
Rate of Resource Utilization 100% utilization rate, pay for what you use Low rate of resource utilization, resources must accommodate peak traffic requirements

Price comparison


Category ApsaraDB for RDS Independently Built Database Services from Purchased Servers
Hardware, Parts and Accessories •Memory 1200 MB: 50 GB database, 600 IOPS.
•Price: USD 302.94/year
•The database cluster needs at least two servers with 600 IOPS, costing about USD 890.99/set.
•One Intranet switch is used to connect the front-end web servers (the price of a cheap 1U non-NMS switch is about USD 148.5)
•Additional 30% for replacing damaged hardware.
•Cost of hardware: USD 2,509.62
•Annual cost: USD 836.49 (the cost of hardware is calculated according to a 3-year depreciation period)
Data Center Hosting There is no hosting fee as hosting is taken care of by a service provider. The hosting fee of a 1U cabinet is USD 445.49/year, and the hosting fee of two 1U servers and a 1U Intranet switch will be charged.Data center hosting fees: USD 1,336.48
Bandwidth and Traffic Communication between ECS and RDS in the same region is done through the Intranet at no costs. However, when the ECS and RDS are in different regions, communication is done over the Internet which will incur Internet traffic fees. For details on rates please see ApsaraDB for RDS pricing details.
Cost for 1 TB Internet traffic: USD 136.22/year
Only uses Intranet, does not incur Internet traffic fees
Labor There is no labor cost as database maintenance is taken care of by a service provider. The monthly salary of a junior DBA engineer is at least USD 742.49/month. If the current project occupies 30% of the workload of the engineer, then:Personnel cost: USD 2,672.96/year
Total Estimated Annual Cost (USD) USD 456.16/year USD 4,845.93/year

As shown in the table above, using Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB for RDS could potentially cost 10 times less than building your own database. What's more, with ApsaraDB for RDS, you no longer need to worry about database maintenance and management. Try ApsaraDB for RDS at no costs for 60 days with our New User Free Credit!
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